In most cases, getting a puppy for a Christmas gift is a bad idea. A puppy is likely going to be a 15 year commitment, and it's certainly not an impulse buy.
* The weather in many parts of the world is cold! Puppies need many many trips outside to do their business. That's much more comfortable for you and the puppy if it's not freezing out. It's also better to choose a time of year when you have extra time and will be comfortable spending quality time waiting and playing with your pup outside.
* A puppy is not a toy, and sometimes small kids treat them like they are. It's best to separate the idea of "Christmas toys" and a "new puppy".
* The holiday season is chaotic enough without tossing s needy puppy into the mix. Puppies need a lot of your time and commitment. A new pup will either take away from your holiday fun or your new pup will in some way likely be a bit neglected with all the holiday bustle.
It's important to teach your dog how to properly behave around others in your home and when out in public. Your house guests will feel more welcome if you have a well mannered pooch, and you will feel less agitated and more in control with some good doggie manners in place. Here are some basics to start...
* No jumping up
* Leave it (telling your pup not to touch something)
* No pulling on the leash
* Teach only to chew on safe dog toys or chews. Lots of redirecting!
* "Settle" or "go to your place" such as in a crate or on a dog bed nearby
* "Quiet" to stop a barking dog (this one is tough in my opinion)
* Wait patiently before exiting a door